oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - Establishing AFRICOM : pressing questions, political concerns and future prospects

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



In the post-Cold War period, Africa did not constitute a top strategic priority for the U.S. A 1995 report by the Department of Defence (DoD) listed Africa at the bottom of the world's regions in strategic terms. In 1998, the National Security Strategy of the U.S. confirmed that America's security interests with regard to Africa were limited. Hence the tendency in the past was to relegate Africa to the periphery of American strategy.

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